[quote=“TainanCowboy”]I was hesitant in mentioning Mr. Bullards background, but I am glad it has come out.
His record is one of political gaming. Anything he puts forth must be taken with that understanding.
And frankly I personally think he is a useful tool for the PRC. And others have come to that conclusion. Thus his lack of any position of importance for quite a few years.[/quote]
So the editors at the Taiwan News, who published his article above, should be warned that they are reprinting the ramblings of a China lobbyist and is not to be trusted. I wonder if they know.
I did a little Internet research today and this is what I discovered:
[Dr. Monte Bullard, who is around 70 years old and has been dealing with these ROC-PRC issues for over 45 years, is certainly not a ‘‘panda hugger’’ or a paid spy
for China. His faithful readers say he tries to be as objective as possible on
the Taiwan Strait issue, although even he admits he has been criticized by proponents of both sides.
According to his biography, he spent six years in Taiwan and might be even considered a protege of the most
anti-communist person in Taiwan, ROC Gen. Wang Sheng.
Bullard also spent two years in
Beijing as U.S. Army attache. According to news reports, he is definitely not infatuated with communist China (the PRC).
Since he was a career military officer before becoming an adjunct professor at the
Monterey Institute of International Studies, he (in the course of his work) saw hundreds of plans and
scenarios about an invasion of Taiwan and apparently felt nearly
all were flawed because they did not consider political and economic factors.
He once told a reporter: “I know people – in fact, I have relatives on both sides from my late wife’s
family-- on both sides of the issue and have tried to place myself in a kind of ‘mediator role.’ Since there are few absolutes, I’m sure there are plenty of things I have
written that those who fully support Taiwan independence only would
Bullard once told a reporter that “Taiwan independence is not necessary because
national borders have become less relevant in the international system, and it
is just not practical. Like many things in the real world, we have to find
compromises, if we are to avoid war. My bottom line is the same as official U.S. policy. I don’t care if Taiwan is independent or unified with China, as long as it is done peacefully.”]